Pakistan Prime Minister inaugurates Karachi Island waterfront
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurated the new beach on Manora Island in Karachi, which includes a promenade as a seaside recreation spot for residents.
Ali Shah announced that a jetty will be built to launch a ferry service from Sea View beach in Karachi to Manora Island to bring picnickers from the sea route after the waterfront development.
Ali Shah recalled that during his childhood he used to go boating with his parents from Keamari port in Karachi to visit the island of Manora.
He lamented that later Karachi’s beaches were not developed because people stopped visiting them with their children.
He said the beach at Manora Island was developed as part of his government’s efforts to make Karachi’s coastal strip once again attractive to citizens.
He said that Manora was a very important historical place as it had a fort built during the Talpur dynasty of Sindh to protect Karachi as later British colonial invaders captured it.
Ali Shah pointed out that Manora still serves as an important naval base to protect Pakistan’s sea borders.
He mentioned that Manora had important places like a church built in 1864, a historic temple, a mosque and a lighthouse, as all of these places should be properly maintained and open to the public as part of a one-day sightseeing package. as has been the practice at other historic sites around the world.
He assured that the launching ceremony of Manora Beach after its development would remain accessible to bathers from all over Pakistan.
He praised the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) for building the Manora waterfront within a minimum of two and a half years, as construction work had not been affected by the anti-coronavirus lockdown.
The KDA spent 650 million rupees to build the waterfront which includes an acre parking lot, a mini park, a children’s play area and 29 gazebos.
Ali Shah said Manora will be Karachi’s first fully developed beach, as the coast has a central role in the beauty and attraction of the city.